RIM loses ground on Apple in Canada

RIM loses ground on Apple in Canada

Research in Motion (RIM) lost ground on Apple in Canada last year, as the iPhone outsold the BlackBerry.

Just over two million BlackBerry handsets were sold in the county in 2011, while the Cupertino tech giants racked up sales of 2.85 million, according to the latest IDC figures.

The sales results mark the first time Apple has outstripped RIM on its home turf and indicates a rapid change since 2008, when BlackBerry outsold the iPhone by five-to-one.

However, Bloomberg has indicated BlackBerry handsets remain popular among Canadian business users.

The growth in the number of business users taking up BlackBerry devices is partly due to RIM's decision to move towards incorporating a number of different mobile devices.

Its BlackBerry Mobile Fusion (BMF) platform brings some of its specialist functions to the iOS through a BlackBerry application.

The software is designed to enable administrators to apply corporate policies and configurations to manage and secure these devices.